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World Class Care. ., Anytime, Ajiywhere 

Issue 4 
February 15, 2008 

Inside this Issue: 

Hospital Ship to Conduct Pacific 
Partnership 2008 

Iraqis Receive Medical Care 
Through CME 

Dental Technicians: The People 
Behind the Masks 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy 5 
Remembered and Reinforced at 

Items of Interest: 

Navy and Marine 
Corps Medical News 

A Public Affairs Publication of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 

Nurse Corps Officer Named 2007 
Medical Recruiter of the Year 

By Christine A. Mahoney, Bureau of 
Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs 

WASHI NGTON - Lt. J ill Mal- 
darelli-Drey, Nurse Corps (NC), an 
officer recruiter with Navy Recruit- 
ing District (NRD) New England, 
was recognized by Navy Recruiting 
Command as the Navy's top Medical 
Recruiter of the Year and Officer 
Recruiter of the Year (runner-up) 
for 2007. 

"I have had an outstanding ca- 
reer in the Navy and as a result of 
my experiences, I thought that I 
would be a terrific representative of 
the Navy." said Maldarelli-Drey. 
"Though I am still very junior in my 
career as a Navy Nurse, I knew that 
I would be able to connect with 
other health care professionals and 
gain their interest in thinking about 

a career as a part of Navy medi- 
cine. My husband, who is also a 
Naval officer stationed at Naval Air 
Station Jacksonville, has been ex- 
tremely supportive and for that I 
cannot thank him enough." 

She added "Nurses are very or- 
ganized, detailed-oriented, and able 
to prioritize and manage their time 
wisely. The skills that I have ac- 
quired over my last seven years as 
a Navy Nurse Corps officer allowed 
me to succeed in recruiting. I treat 
each of my applicants as I would 
treat one of my patients; with kind- 
ness, caring, and honesty. Al- 
though recruiting has been a unique 
challenge, it has been an experi- 
ence that I would not trade for the 

(Continued on page 3) 

SAO TOME - Chief Hospital Corpsman Chris Maurer demonstrates to Sao Tomain military per- 
sonnel the procedure for inserting an intravenous drip into a person's vein Jan. 23. This training 
is part of Africa Partnership Station (APS), the Navy's new cooperative maritime strategy, a 
multi-national effort to bring the latest training and techniques to maritime professionals in nine 
West and Central African countries. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd 
Class Eddie Harrison 

Hospital Ship to Conduct Pacific Partnership 2008 

From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs 

PEARL HARBOR - Preparations 
are under way to deploy the Military 
Sealift Connnnand hospital ship 
USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) on a hu- 
manitarian mission to the Western 
Pacific and Southeast Asia in sup- 
port of Pacific Partnership 2008, the 
commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet 
announced, Jan. 29, in Sydney, 

"Building on a successful Mercy 
deployment in 2006 and [USS Pe- 
leliu (LHA 5)] Pacific Partnership 
last summer, Mercy will again em- 
bark international medical, dental 
and engineering teams this summer 
to provide humanitarian support in 
Southeast Asia," Adm. Robert F. 
Willard said in a speech on U.S. 
Maritime Strategy. 

"A Cooperative Strategy for the 
21st century seapower," was deliv- 
ered at the Royal Australian Navy 
Sea Power Conference 2008. 
Willard said that by sending this 
uniquely capable ship is one way to 
demonstrate our commitment to 
the Asia-Pacific region and to work 

together with our friends and part- 

The deployment is being coordi- 
nated with several nations and will 
be carried out in conjunction with 
non-governmental relief organiza- 
tions. A number of military and ci- 
vilian agencies are planning the 
myriad details that go into a 
months-long mission of focused 
medical, dental and civic-action 
programs to provide humanitarian 
assistance to nations in the Asia- 
Pacific region. Specific locations for 
the ship's relief operations will be 
announced at a later date. 

Mercy is uniquely capable of 
supporting medical and humanitar- 
ian assistance needs and can rap- 
idly respond to a range of situations 
on short notice. In 2006, Mercy 
performed a similar mission in 
Southeast Asia. That deployment 
resulted in the treatment of almost 
200,000 patients in the Republic of 
the Philippines, Indonesia and 

In 2007, Peleliu, an amphibious 
ship, conducted a four-month hu- 
manitarian mission, visiting the 

Philippines, Vietnam, Solomon Is- 
lands, Papua New Guinea and the 
Republic of the Marshall Islands. 
During these humanitarian mis- 
sions, Peleliu provided a variety of 
medical, dental, educational and 
preventive medicine services to 
more than 31,600 patients. 

These humanitarian missions 
build international relationships and 
represent a core task in this 
"Cooperative Strategy for 21st Cen- 
tury Seapower." With missions such 
as Pacific Partnership, the Navy 
seeks to mitigate human suffering, 
both in a deliberate, proactive fash- 
ion and in response to crises. 

For this deployment, Mercy is 
being configured with special medi- 
cal equipment and a robust medical 
team of uniformed and civilian 
health care providers to provide a 
range of services ashore as well as 
on board the ship. 

The San Diego- homeported ship 
can support various services such 
as casualty reception, optometry, 
physical therapy, burn care, and 
radiological, laboratory and dental 

Iraqis Receive Medical Care Through CME 

By Private First Class Jerry Murphy, Regimental Combat 
Team 1 

I LZWA, I raq - Lined up along the walls outside and 
throughout the hallways of an I raqi school, I raqi men, 
women and children waited for their turn to receive 
medical care from sailors, soldiers or the head surgeon 
of the 1st Iraqi Division. 

During a Combined Medical Engagement Jan. 30, 
Hospital Corpsmen and doctors from 2nd Battalion, 
24th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1 
teamed up with their counterparts from 1st Battalion, 
1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Teaml to 
provide free medical attention to the Iraqi community. 

"Our goal today is to provide medical care to the 
Iraqis that otherwise is not available," said Navy Cmdr 
Lee A. Pietrangelo, Battalion Surgeon for 2nd Bn, 24th 
Marines. "We want to bring to the Iraqi people the 
same thing we would want brought to our families, 
which is adequate healthcare." 

In addition to providing medical support. Col. Ibra- 
him K, llkhilidy, 1st Iraqi Division Surgeon, said he 
wants to show his fellow countrymen who they can 
trust and rely on for security. 

"One way for us to do that is to help them, treat 
them and show our faces so that they know who are 

the good guys and who the bad guys are," said llkhilidy, 
who graduated from Basra Medical School in 1990. "From 
2005 to now, there have been much bigger turnouts be- 
cause the people trust the security and feel it is safer to 
come to these free clinics." 

Security for the medical engagement was provided by 
Marines of 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines and members of 
the Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police. 

"We're here so that the Iraqis don't have to worry 
about hostile activity and to de-escalate any situation, if 
necessary," said Cpl. Robert J. Lewis, a squad leader with 
fourth platoon. Company F. "Right now they don't have 
the resources to provide all aspects of security, so we are 
here to provide as much help as possible." 

Taking into consideration the very sensitive Iraqi cul- 
ture, the sailors and soldiers separated the Iraqi males 
and females to be treated by medics of the same gender. 

Female Corpsmen and soldiers were tasked with treat- 
ing the females and children and said the women felt com- 
fortable opening up to them. 

"It helps a lot to have us (females) here . . . they feel 
that they can open up to us about personal issues," said 
Hospital Corpsman 1^^ Class Jennifer L. Knuth, an Inde- 
pendent Duty Corpsman with Marine Wing Support Squad- 

( Continued on page 4) 

February 15, 2008 



SAN Dl EGO - Adm. Timothy Keating, commanding officer of U.S. Pacific Command, gives a com- 
mand coin to Lance Cpl. Robert McCardell in the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty 
Care facility at Medical Center San Diego Feb. 5. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Spe- 
cialist 2nd Class Greg Mitchell 

Medical Recruiter continued... 

(Continued from page 1) 

Before reporting for duty, Mal- 
darelli-Drey attended recruiting 
training in Pensacola. "All new re- 
cruiters attend a three-week re- 
cruiting course at the Naval Recruit- 
ing Orientation Unit. During this 
time, you receive extensive training 
in sales skills , though the majority 
of your learning you get on the 
job," she said. 

Her primary officer recruiting 
focus-group is geared toward health 
care students and personnel; this is 
not the only field Maldarelli-Drey 
recruits for. "Very often in Navy 
recruiting, you need to promote and 
able to talk about the Navy. That is 
a given. You are also often tasked 
to recruit from outside your own 
career specialty," she said. "Not 
only do I recruit for the Nurse 
Corps, Dental Corps, Medical Corps, 
and Medical Service Corps, but I 
also recruit for the J udge Advocate 
General (JAG) Corps and the Navy 
Reserve. This make the first year 
of recruiting a huge learning curve!" 

Patriotism and a desire to live 
an adventure are two possible moti- 
vators for people to join the Navy. 
According to Maldarelli-Drey, an- 
other incentive to become a Navy 
medical officer is the potential to 
earn a scholarship. 

"There are scholarships avail- 
able and they depend upon the spe- 
cialty. For the Nurse Corps, we of- 
fer the Nurse Candidate Program 
(NCP). This is a program that pays 
nursing students a one-thousand 
dollar a month during their junior 
and senior year in college," she 
said. "They get a 10-thousand dol- 
lar sign-on bonus upon accepting 
the scholarship paid in two install- 
ments to use for whatever they 
want, to pay off students' loans, so 
forth. This requires that they serve 
as a Nurse Corps officer when they 

Maldarelli-Drey continued "The 
other scholarships that we really 
promote, especially in the Boston 
area, are the scholarships for medi- 
cal school, for dental school, op- 
tometry school and physician assis- 
tant school. So we are really 
reaching the medical corps, the 
dental corps and the medical ser- 
vice corps with these scholarships. 
It is called the Health Professions 
Scholarships Program (HPSP). This 
is an all inclusive scholarship pro- 
gram that will allow a student to 
graduate with zero debt from any 
school of their choice. Also, stu- 
dents are paid a monthly stipend; 
the current rate is 1605-dollars a 
month. However it increases every 
year and this will be increasing to 
1907-dollars a month as of July 
2008. They also get a 20-thousand 
dollar sign-on bonus when they ac- 
cept the scholarship. This will allow 
them to graduate debt-free because 
the Navy also pays their tuition, 
their books, and their equipment 
fees. Just about the only thing the 
Navy does not pay for is for the 
purchase of a laptop, which most 
people have anyway. This really is 
an outstanding way to finance your 
education just by giving three to 
four years of service upon gradua- 

According to Maldarelli-Drey, 
one goal for recruiters is to achieve 
an established number goal. How- 
ever, this is not the main goal or 
focus of a medical officer recruiter. 

"Recruiting, just by the nature 
of it, is very numbers driven. A lot 
of emphasis at the command level 
is placed upon your goal. However, 
the best advice I received from 
someone is not too focus on num- 
bers or on your specific goal, but to 
recruit quality people who are inter- 
ested in what you have to say and 
are interested and driven to serve 
as medical officers in the Navy," 

she said. 

Though NRD New England is 
located in Boston, Maldarelli-Drey 
operates mostly out of a mobile 

"My office is located in Boston; 
however, the territory that our dis- 
trict covers spreads from the border 
of New York City and southern Con- 
necticut out through Albany, NY, all 
the way through the border of Can- 
ada in Maine. We cover an exten- 
sive amount of territory," she said. 
"I spend lot of my time traveling in 
the car to visit educational institu- 
tions and meeting with applicants. 
Especially as a new recruiter, when 
you are trying to establish yourself 
as the point of contact and adver- 
tise the Navy programs out to the 
students all over New England, you 
need to get out there. Probably 75- 
percnet of my first year of recruit- 
ing was spent in a vehicle traveling 
back and forth. This face-to-face 
time is extremely important to es- 
tablish relationships with the 
schools, professors and with their 
students. That was a challenge but 
at the very least I can say that I 
have toured all of New England!" 

Her next duty station will not 
require as much travel, but may 
prove to be just as challenging. 
Maldarelli-Drey said she was se- 
lected for duty-under-instruction 
and is due to depart NRC New Eng- 
land and relocate to Jacksonville, 
Fla., this summer. She will be 
studying for a Master's Degree in 
nursing specializing in maternal 
child health at the University of 
Northern Florida 

Maldarelli-Drey received her 
commission on Oct. 2000. Previous 
duty stations include National Naval 
Medical Center Bethesda and Naval 
Hospital Keflavik (NHK), Iceland. 
She was offered the three-year offi- 
cer recruiting tour of duty while 
stationed at NHK in 2005. 


Page 4 

Dental Technicians: The People Behind the Masks 

By Cpl. Mikaela M. Bravo-Cullen, 
2nd Marine Logistics Group 

LEJ EUNE, N.C. - I magine yourself 
being reclined ainnost upside down 
in a dentist's chair, your heart rac- 
ing as your stomach falls into your 
throat. You soon see a person conne 
into view wearing a paper mask 
that hides their identity and blocks 
the light as they begin the arduous 
quest of cleaning your mouth. Who 
is that person behind the mask you 

The people of 2nd Dental Battal- 
ion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, are 
unique individuals from all parts of 
the world. Veiled by the mask of 
dentistry, they've walked down dif- 
ferent roads, all leading to the sec- 
ond floor of building 15 here. To- 
gether they work hard to give the 
best dental care possible to the Ma- 
rines and Sailors of Marine Corps 
Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune. 

The small town girl with big 

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class 
Heather J. Pylican is a dental assis- 
tant with 2ncl Dental Battalion. Pyli- 
can joined the Navy right after high 
school. She chose the dental field 
as her primary field to learn an in- 
teresting skill and to expand her 
horizons about something other 
than ships and sailing. 

"I was a patient when I was a 
kid and always wondered what that 
sucky thing they put in your mouth 
was," Pylican recalled. "Now that 
I'm in this field, I've learned all the 
terms for everything." 

Pylican currently works as the 
liaison between dentists and pa- 
tients, ensuring that all appoint- 
ments are organized and progress 

Iraqis continued... 

(Continued from page 2) 

ron 272. "It helps to show the 
Iraqis that we care enough about 
them and their culture to properly 
take care of them." 

After treating their patients, 
Knuth and the other medics passed 
out supplies and toys to the women 
and children. For Knuth, seeing 

as smoothly as possible. Prior to 
this assignment, Pylican worked as 
a dental assistant in the pediatric 
unit at Naval Station Rota, Spain. 

"It was a lot of fun," Pylican ex- 
plained. "I've put braces on children 
and worked in the operating room. 
It's been amazing the things I've 

Pylican's numerous experiences 
and world travels changed her life 
forever. One of the most profound 
changes she noticed was the 
change in herself. 

"I've learned and experienced 
things you can adapt into your life 
and see the way it changes you and 
the way you can help others." Pyli- 
can said. "I think the best experi- 
ence is learning that people in gen- 
eral are amazing. You learn about 
what people think, what they feel 
and why. I think it's the most im- 
portant thing for any job." 

The man with a mission 

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class 
Eric Meza is a surgical technician 
with 2nd Dental Battalion. Meza 
grew up in Los Angeles (L.A.) in the 
rough part of the city. He knew 
nothing about other cities outside of 
L.A., but was determined to leave 
his environment and become a doc- 
tor. Meza saw the Navy as a way to 
make his dreams come true. So 
when the opportunity arose, he 
raised his right hand to support and 
defend the U.S. and became a 

"I've been in the Navy for seven 
years," Meza said. "It's been a 
great experience and I've always 
worked with great providers, great 
surgeons and great people around 

Meza adds that working with 

their reactions was an inspiring 

"The way the kids reacted to the 
medical supplies, candy and toys 
brought a smile to my face," Knuth 
said. "The women seemed very 
happy and our (interpreters) said 
the women loved that we cared 
enough about them to bring hy- 
giene gear, toys and gifts to them 

great surgeons during procedures 
allows him to learn more about his 
job and his abilities. He now assists 
with surgeries and procedures that 
the average Sailor would never 
dream of performing. 

"We take care of anything per- 
taining to oral surgery, implants 
and any type of biopsy," Meza ex- 
plained. "When we go to the naval 
hospital, we do surgeries that con- 
sist of reconstruction of the jaw and 
anything else that needs a larger 
facility and more equipment." 

Finding someone in the military 
who is truly passionate about their 
work is not hard to find. Like his 
fellow military members, Meza's 
extreme passion for the tedious 
surgical procedures he helps to per- 
form is necessary and genuine. 

"It always came from the 
heart," Meza continued. "I've al- 
ways had a passion for the medical 
field and helping others and I think 
that's what led me here." 

Meza says he feels very fortu- 
nate to work in such a diverse envi- 
ronment and that he would not 
have it any other way. 

"People here are from all differ- 
ent kinds of places," Meza said. "It 
brings diversity into your everyday 
life and I think it brings a good bit 
of morale to the battalion." 

The lady with a love for life 

Yvonne M. Amarh, a dental as- 
sistant with 2nd Dental Battalion, 
has worked with Marines and Sail- 
ors aboard MCB Camp Lejeune for 
almost four years. Her duties as a 
dental assistant varies from sched- 
uling oral surgeries for patients to 
actually assisting with tooth extrac- 

( Continued on page 5) 

and their families." 

As the children ran out of the 
schoolyard with their families and 
friends and the medics packed their 
supplies, an elderly Iraqi man 
looked over his shoulder and, with 
just his eyes, seemed to thank the 
sailors, soldiers and Marines for 
helping him and his family. 

February 3 


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Remembered and Rein- 
forced at NHB 

By Douglas H. Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public 
Affairs Office 

BREMERTON, Wash. - Naval Hospital Bremerton 
(NHB) recognized Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) with a 
spiritual and soulful celebration on Jan. 31. The event 
was highlighted with perfornnances by the NHB Unity 
Singers choir, with readings, words and speeches from 
various members of the NHB MLK organizing committee. 

"Yeoman (YN) 2"^ Class Sandra Navarrete did a fan- 
tastic job to organize and bring this celebration to- 
gether," said Lt Cmdr Ed Vonberg, NHB MLK Organizing 
Committee member. "The choir gave us some very in- 
spirational songs and all of our speakers helped to share 
the message of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, J r." 

One of the featured performances was delivered by 
Culinary Specialist (CS) 2"^ Class Steven Stanton, who 
gave a remarkable impersonation of the final years of 
the late Baptist minister and leader of the civil-rights 
movement in the U.S. until his untimely death by assas- 
sination in 1968. The opening narration was by YN 2"^ 
Class Navarrete. Hospital Corpsman (HM) 2"^ Class 
Felix Poteate read one of Dr. King's sermons and Master 
at Arms 1st Class Sherman Copeland shared selected 
quotes from the early life of Dr. Martin Luther King J r. 
Before the closing prayer by NHB Pastoral Care Chaplain 
Michael Greenwalt, the choir gave a rousing rendition of 
"We shall overcome." 

"That song says it all for many of us about what Dr. 
Martin Luther King J r. stood for," commented Vonberg. 
The NHB MLK Organizing Committee was comprised of 
Lt. Cmdr Vonberg, Senior Chief HM Paul McFadden, HMl 
Gilroy, MAI Copeland, HM2 Laura Blanco, HM2 Monique 
Burks, YN2 Navarrete, HM2 Poteate, CS2 Stanton, and 

Dental Tech continued... 

BREMERTON, Wash. - Naval Hospital Bremerton Unity Singers Choir, 
comprised of (left to right) Michelle Abad, Sally Klein, Linda Humphrey, 
James Sherrill, HM 2"^ Class Monique Burks, HMl Sherman Copeland, 
and HM2 Terrell Stephens, delivers a soulful rendition of the gospel 
spiritual 'Wade in the Water," as part of the hospital's Dr. Martin Luther 
King Jr. celebration. U.S. Navy photo by Hospital Corpsman 1^*^ Class 
(SW) Julie Jorgensen 

HM2 Terrell Stephens 

One of Dr. Martin Luther King J r. writings states, "An 
individual has not started living until he can rise above 
the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the 
broader concerns of all humanity." With help from Naval 
Hospital Bremerton's MLK Organizing Committee, that 
sentiment was remembered and reinforced for all present. 

(Continued from page 4) 

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Amarh came to the United States in 
2001 to start a career in journal- 
ism. Instead, she went back to 
school to study dental surgery. 

"I love my job and I won't ever 
work in anything else," Amarh said. 
"I love that you can make someone 
a whole new person through sur- 
gery and that I can really help peo- 

Amarh also says dental surgery 
is a very interesting field to work in 
but it's the people you work with 
that makes you fall in love with 
your job. 

"To have a good working atmos- 
phere, it all depends on the type of 
people you work with," Amarh ex- 

plained. "We have a great team 
here and I love the people that I 
work with. If you're falling short, 
somebody will always help you 

Amarh, Meza and Pylican are 
just three of the many different 
people who make up the 2nd Dental 
Battalion. With a mission, big 
dreams and a love for life, they 
contribute to the task of getting the 
job done and supporting the Ma- 
rines and Sailors of MCB Camp Le- 

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